Meal #62: Woohoo Steak

If you’ve played The Sims, it’s not that.

If finding good deals is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Sometimes we scout for the manager’s specials at our local discount grocery*ahem* Whole Foods, yeah – and sometimes our scouting pays off.

For the uninitiated, the manager’s specials (labelled woohoo items via obnoxious sticker) are foodstuffs on the precipice between the modern American palette and food that is slightly stale so let’s ship it to UNICEF and call it a day.

When we get lucky, quality cuts of meat will be woohoo’d and we’ll get a great deal on what would normally be a pricey steak.

We were just so excited about this rare opportunity that we didn’t get a chance to take a picture of the ingredients, but I promise they were something like this:

  • Steak
  • Arugula
  • Almonds
  • The Shire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cayenne pepper

Finished Product

Full disclosure – we’re pretty biased toward our own food – be that as it may, we think homemade steaks (when done right) are usually better than what we find at many local steakhouses. They’re also much more economical, especially if you have the patience to wait for some good deals. The hardest part is timing the cooking, but once you’ve mastered that it’s only a few simple steps away from a gourmet steak and a simple veggie side.

Meal #61: Shrimp Gumbo

Gumbo is good, shrimp is good, together they’re great. It’s no surprise that this humble sea snack is often an ingredient in gumbo recipes. This gumbo has a number of ingredients, but it was worth it in the end.


  • Shrimp
  • Tomato paste
  • Garlic
  • Jalepeno
  • Onion
  • Chorizo sausage
  • Celery
  • Cajun powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley flakes
  • Vegetable oil
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Chicken broth
  • Cumin powder
  • Diced tomatoes and juice
  • The Shire sauce
  • Bell pepper

Finished Product

Even though our shrimp came from a premade shrimp cocktail dinner platter, we gave it the VIP treatment and it tasted just as hearty as the good stuff from the freezer aisle. Once we move somewhere within 100 miles of saltwater we’ll not only be totally cool coasties but our shrimp dishes will taste even better than they already do.

Meal #60: Potato Balls

We could boil them, mash them, or stick them in a stew, but today we’re making them into balls.


  • Bacon
  • Olive oil
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Potatoes
  • Egg
  • Cheese
  • Green onion
  • Butter
  • Milk

Finished Product

These follow a similar philosophy to our chicken wings – instead of frying them, we baked them. This approach has an impact on how the breading turns out, but it’s more of a personal preference and less of a rule. Our potato balls were everything we dreamed potatoes could be.